The WMC Lodge Legacy Continues Under New Ownership
As of October 2023, Brighton Ski Resorts will be the new owner of our beloved WMC Lodge! Constructed by WMC volunteers at the top of Brighton in 1929, the WMC Lodge has served the WMC well for its intended purpose of giving many "parties and entertainments among club members." The WMC Lodge is listed on the Register of National Historical Places, and for nearly 100 years the lodge has continuously operated and been maintained by countless volunteers. But the ravages of time and elements, and a record breaking 900-inch snow year, the level of volunteer effort to run/manage/improve/upgrade the lodge is not sustainable. While it may feel sad do "see the lodge go," it's a great time for a new owner that is excited about the lodge! Brighton is committed to the much-needed upgrades required for the structure to survive, as well as the historical preservation that is required for a National Historic Place. And what better organization than the Brighton Ski Resort to prepare the lodge in partnership with the WMC for its Centennial celebration. Brighton Ski Resort will allow the WMC to continue using the lodge a couple of times a year, just as we have been for the past several years. We are thrilled to have Brighton Ski Resort as the new owners, and look forward to a bright future for the WMC Lodge.
Join the Wasatch Mountain Club
Become a member of the Wasatch Mountain Club ("WMC") as we enter our second century as active participants in backcountry skiing, backpacking, camping, canoeing, conservation pursuits, canyoneering, climbing, hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, mountain biking, river rafting, road biking, socializing, snowshoeing, and multi-day adventures. Attend an activity or two prior to joining the club and be part of a history that has come to define what makes living and playing in Utah so unique.
Wasatch Mountain Club - 100 Years and Counting
On May 13, 2020, the WMC officially turned 100. In honor of the club's 100-year history, consider participating in the following events:
- An Education Endowment to support students pursuing a degree in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department. Make a tax deductible donation to this on-going legacy at https://www.wasatchmountainclub.org/centennial-education-endowment.
- The University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library's Utah Ski Archives is the largest archive of its kind that is dedicated to the history of ski and snow sports in the Intermountain Region. In 2020 the club was recognized with the History Maker Award, a video of the club history is at https://www.wasatchmountainclub.org/docs/history-maker-award-video-of-wmc-history.mp4
- Read 97 of Charles Keller's Faint Trails in the Wasatch articles that were originally published in the Rambler from 2005-2015. Charles is a past club president and author of The Lady in the Ore Bucket (a history of the settlement and industry in the tri-canyon area of the Wasatch).
- Utah Stories highlights the Wasatch Mountain Club Lodge https://utahstories.com/2021/10/100-years-old-wasatch-mountain-lodge-hidden-in-dense-forest-of-big-cottonwood-canyon/
- WMC 100th Anniversary YouTube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6Sd-_NUN_I
- Tony Hellman, former Social Director and forever club enthusiast, leads Blood Drives resulting in over 450 pints of blood donated so far! Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and only 3 out of 100 Americans donate blood, there is an urgent need for donations of all blood types.
The Wasatch Mountain Club was formed in May 1920, on the heels of the most severe pandemic of the last century, followed by the Great Depression, World War II, the smallpox epidemic, polio, and more wars. Not only has the club survived, it has thrived. The Centennial is an opportunity for us to reflect on and honor this great organization, its founders, and 100 years of leadership and membership commitment to our core purpose:
- to promote the physical and spiritual well being of its members and others by outdoor activities;
- to unite the energy, interests and knowledge of students, explorers and lovers of the mountains, deserts and rivers of Utah;
- to collect and disseminate information regarding the Rocky Mountains in behalf of science, literature and art;
- to explore and picture the scenic wonders of this and surrounding states;
- to foster awareness of scenic beauties; and
- to encourage preservation of our natural areas including their plant, animal and bird life.
COVID Guidelines Update
Participants should stay informed on current COVID guidelines. Those who are not feeling well, have shortness of breath, or have a fever should not participate in WMC activities. During a club activity the use of facemasks or carpooling is up to each individual, unless otherwise specified by the organizer. Organizers can opt for a group size they are comfortable with, except for the group size limit of 10 in wilderness areas.